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Saturday, November 9 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Designing for inclusivity: Creating space for people of all abilities in our local food systems

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Participating in farming activities provides meaningful work for people with special needs and offers positive health benefits. For farms and food processing industries, populations with special needs can contribute to production and are an oft-overlooked consumer base.  Increasing accessibility by removing physical barriers in the landscape is only one step in welcoming special needs populations to participate on the farm. We will explore ways to design programs and landscapes to build inclusivity in our farm and garden projects, and discuss some of the economic opportunities on farms and in food production which draw on the skills and strengths of special needs populations. 


Rachel Lindsay

Design Associate, Regenerative Design Group
Rachel is an ecological designer, artist, and local food advocate. She draws from her experiences in farming, community development, international work, and graphic communication to engage people in the design process with cultural sensitivity and environmental integrity. In 2009... Read More →
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Dana Spett

Executive Director, Pony Power Therapies
Dana founded Pony Power in 2000 with four riders and one horse, Matinee, a.k.a. Mat. An accomplished equestrian from a young age, Dana started New York University’s equestrian team and competed internationally on the intercollegiate show circuit. After she earned a master’s degree... Read More →

Saturday November 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Classroom 230